First of all a big congratulations to the 2015 U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth on his victory this weekend at Chamber’s Bay. Although I do feel for Dustin, he did play brilliantly all week, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes when it comes to major championships. With all of the chatter surrounding the Chamber’s Bay course design, the difficult conditions and that spectacular finish, the USGA definitely got the drama they wanted.
If they had to play a course like Chamber’s Bay every week, they would indeed have very short careers. The mental energy required to play well at this course in unbelievable – a real grind from the first hole to the 72nd.
Watching a finish like that in a major brings me back to the 1970 Open Championship at St. Andrews, with Jack Nicklaus and Greg Sanders. The Sunday battles between the greats in major tournaments like this are great for the game of golf. Certainly more exciting for the average fan watching at home when the winner is decided by a margin of inches.
Also reminds me of Scott Hoch and the 1989 Masters (at left), and his missed 2-footer to lose the playoff to Nick Faldo.
Jordan Spieth could become an absolute superstar. The composure and confidence he exudes in every tournament he plays is one of the reasons he has won his second major this year. It’s hard to believe that this time last year, he wasn’t even old enough to enjoy a pint at the 19th hole. The fact that he is already breaking records held for over a century, from the likes of Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, as well as being the first player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open since Tiger in 2002.
It certainly wasn’t an easy win for Spieth with Dustin and Louis Oosthuizen fighting until the end, as well as Adam Scott’s spectacular final round 64.
Jordan’s sheer brilliance under pressure pulled through – and remember – he didn’t have his best stuff for most of the week – but he had it when he needed it.
Lead’s Lessons from the 115th U.S. Open
I’ve compiled a list of lessons I believe any amateur can take from this year’s U.S. Open:
1. Use on-course strategy to keep yourself out of fairway bunkers from 100yds to 30yds short of the green – these are without a doubt the most difficult shots in golf. Even for the pros.
2. Don’t forget to practice the long lag putts. Look how many of them the pros had this week – amateurs never practice these putts enough and invariably end up 3-putting or worse.
3. If the course conditions are tough, embrace the conditions – don’t complain about them. Don’t forget, its the same conditions for everybody!